Our Practice

We are a full-service animal hospital providing comprehensive pet healthcare services in Tacoma (TACOMA), WA. Our veterinarians offer a wide variety of medical, surgical and dental services. Our hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, digital x-ray, surgical suite, dental suite, and a pharmacy. We are committed to providing quality care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. We also serve clients from Stadium District, North End, North Slope, Hilltop, Old Town, Proctor District, 6th Ave, Central Tacoma, Downtown, West End, West Slope, South Tacoma, University Place, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Steilacoom, Dupont (DuPont), JBLM, Puyallap, Federal Way, Fife, North Tacoma, Northeast Tacoma, Ruston, Fircrest, Point Defiance.

  • Linda Niedbalski, DVM


    Dr. Niedbalski, or Dr. Linda to most people, recently moved to Tacoma to be closer to family. She received her DVM from Kansas State University in 1994 and practice in Lawrence Kansas for what seems like an eternity; Dr. Linda’s primary areas of interest are preventative medicine, dental health and geriatric medicine.

    She is an avid University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball fan and is looking forward to taking advantage of all of the outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest offers with her 2 dogs, Nettie and Stella.

  • Jeanne Neeson, DVM


    Dr. Neeson graduated from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and has been living and practicing in Washington state since. She has called Tacoma home for the last 13 years. She loves working with both cats and dogs and has a strong interest in internal medicine, geriatrics, preventative medicine and animal behavior. She also uses her exceptional skills in dentistry and surgery to promote overall pet health and happiness.

    Jeanne is married and is managed by 3 cats. In her spare time she loves many of the outdoor opportunities that the Pacific Northwest offers, including hiking, skiing, climbing, kayaking, as well as travel, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.

  • Rayna Gordon, DVM


    Dr. Rayna Gordon graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, Alabama, and has been practicing near Nashville, Tennessee for the past year. She just recently moved to Tacoma to be with her fiance, and has fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest! Dr. Gordon particularly enjoys preventative medicine, cardiology, and internal medicine.

    In her free time, Rayna enjoys singing, playing guitar, and spending time outdoors. She spends most of her time spoiling her large fur family consisting of two dogs, Allie and Noni and two cats, Tucker and Kiki. She is excited for all of the outdoor opportunities here, and to be a part of the Met Vet family!

  • Patricia O’Jala


    A Tacoma native, Patricia and her family live with their three cats Tigger, Lazlo, Crooky and pittie, Max! And most recently added to the family, Bob the tortoise! All four fur babies keep everyone busy. One day Patricia hopes to own her own cat rescue and partner with local shelters to help as many felines as possible find their forever homes.

    Patricia has been working in the veterinary field since 2003 and is amazing at what she does for our clients and our hospital. We feel lucky indeed that she chose to join us in 2010!

  • Julia Russell


    A native of Seattle and Tacoma, Julia has returned to Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital after nine years of wining in Walla Walla and dining in Portland. During her detour, Julia found her furry soul mate, a sweet and handsome poodle/terrier mix named Wilson. Like that other daydreamer who wandered over the rainbow with her four-legged sidekick, Julia realized there’s no place like home and came back to help manage the animal hospital she helped Dr. Warren open.

    Julia spends her time out of the office traipsing around the Stadium neighborhood, watching movies at The Grand, dining up and down the 1-5 corridor, and regaling her friends and fans with stories of her travels.

  • Lachelle O’Brien


    Hi I’m Lachelle, I’m a Colorado native who recently moved to Washington with my Pomeranian, Calvin and orange tabby, Hudson.

    So far I’ve been enjoying the pacific northwest and all that Washington has to offer.

    In my spare time I enjoy cooking and spending time outdoors as much as possible. I like to travel and hope to get the opportunity to travel outside the country more!

    My background includes working as a client care representative at other Veterinary Hospitals, and have worked in customer care for several years.

    My love for animals and interest in veterinary medicine keeps me motivated to provide exceptional client and patient care. I look forward to getting to know our clients and their fur babies!

  • Gretchen Wendlberger


    Gretchen was born in Los Angeles, and was raised outside of Washington D.C. She grew up playing competitive soccer, which lead her to James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, VA.

    Gretchen eventually made her way back to the west coast by settling in Tacoma with her husband, and their goofy, expressive golden retriever.

    In her free time, Gretchen enjoys being outside as much as possible. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, snowboarding, and being on the water. She has a background in customer service and the health sciences, with a lifelong passion for animals and wildlife.

  • Malissa Perez

    Licensed Vet Technician

    Malissa was born in California but has lived in Washington so long she could never leave. She has been too spoiled by the trees!

    She has been a vet tech for 2 years and loves all of the experiences that come with working with animals and their humans. Malissa has a husband and four companion animals, a plushie kitty named Luna, 2 leopard geckos Red and Lucy-fur, and a chihuahua Bubba Darling, who rolls his eyes when she makes him take selfies.

  • Shelly Morgan

    Licensed Vet Technician

    Shelly joins the Met Vet Team via the beaches of San Diego and Hawaii. She was born, raised, and went to school in San Diego, earning a Biology degree at San Diego State University, and then moved to Hawaii, where she married her sweetheart Kai and worked as a veterinary dental technician. Shelly, Kai and their rescue hound Penny have settled and started a family in University Place. They look forward to exploring hiking trails and beach combing with their baby, and exploring the wines of the region without him!

  • Dayna Larson

    Veterinary Assistant

    Dayna has lived in Washington her entire life, and now lives in Downtown Tacoma. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant and has worked in the veterinary field since 2011.

    She is currently working on her Vet Tech license and looks forward to completing it soon.

    Dayna recently married to her high school sweetheart Justan and adores her two cats, Leslie and Anders. Dayna has a blast going to car shows with her dad and watching scary movies with Justan. On occasion she loves treating herself to sushi!

  • Leanna Ford

    Veterinary Assistant

    Leanna is a native Washingtonian who started out in Auburn until she was five and since then, has grown up in Tacoma with her parents and younger sister. A Stadium High student and graduating with class of 2017, this is a very exciting time for her.

    Ever since Leanna was a little girl she has always had a passion of helping animals. She grew up surrounded by animals, and has raised chickens, goats, sheep, dogs and cats.

    When Leanna is not helping the animals at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, she volunteers in the community teaching private lessons for middle school band students and helping out her old elementary school. Hiking and taking her dogs to the park is one of her favorite activities. Leanna is thrilled about the great opportunity to intern at such a young age at Met Vet and the experience is helping her grow as an aspiring veterinarian.

  • Michael Abbott

    Veterinary Assistant

    Michael was born in New York but moved to Western Washington very early on in life and that is where he has stayed. He enjoys table top gaming, bike rides and spending time with his girlfriend and twin boys.

    He started working with animals in 2016 after graduating high school working in kennels and as a shelter assistant for the local adoption program and animal hospital. He has worked and trained as a professional German Shepherd trainer and is now looking forward to the excitement of working in a hospital again.

  • Jonathan Oldfield

    Kennel Assistant

    Jonathan is a Tacoma native and joined Met Vet in 2011. He is very happy working with Dr. Warren and her team. Jonathan has a very handsome Maine Coon named Rigamoroll whom he adores. His cat, a senior kitty, has become more and more like one of the characters from “Grumpy Old Men” as he’s gotten older.

    Speaking of movies, original true classics like “War of the Worlds” are his prefrtg534eerred way to relax as well as tuning into classical music.

    Jonathan loves summer in Wright Park when all is in full bloom and on occasion, when he can, visiting the Oregon coast is his absolute favorite place to be. Last but not least, Italian food is a weak spot. As Jonathan says, “I’ve never run away from a good spaghetti dinner!”

    Be sure to say, “Hi” when you see Jonathan here and when out and about.

  • KelliAnn Terronez

    Kennel Assistant

    Hi I am KelliAnn! I was born and raised in the great Pacific Northwest. I grew up in Spanaway/Graham and then moved to Tacoma when I was 16. I have always had a love and passion for animals. One day, I hope to become a veterinary technician so, I can help care for animals. I have three dogs named Max, Zoe and Leia. I also have a cat named Choco.

    I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family whether it’s hiking or cheering on our favorite teams. On the good and the bad days, I am always ready to cheer on the Seahawks, Mariners, Dawgs, Sounders and Rainers!

  • Leilonie Davis

    Kennel Assistant

    My name is Leilonie. Growing up here in Tacoma I’ve always had a strong passion for animals. My family has many stories of me as a young one portraying my love for them whether it was a puppy strolling along, or a bird on our window sill. At age 7 I got my first dog! Learning responsibility within taking care of him really enhanced my interest in careers involving pets.

    Just before I graduated High School the year of 2017, I attended Pierce County’s skill center Vet Tech program and realized that’s the career I long to do. Outside of my time at Met Vet I can be found working at doggy daycare, or at the dog park with my family pups!

  • Alexander Kidder

    Kennel Assistant

    My name is Alexander Kidder and I am excited to to join the team as a Kennel Assistant! I was previously a dog trainer at a big pet store chain and am now working towards a Veterinary Technician License.

    I currently spend my time rock climbing and training my two dogs: Sousuke the Dachshund/ Terrier mix and Threepio (pictured) a German Shepard/ Husky, who is an amputee with a bit of history before joining my family.

    I have lived with a menagerie all my life so I am no stranger to animals of all sorts and am eager to help in any way I can!

  • Amanda Gamble

    Marketing Communications

    Amanda was born in Evanston, Illinois and relocated to Tacoma in summer of 2014 after 10 month stay in Los Angeles. She enjoys traveling and had the wonderful opportunity to take Zephyr, a domestic shorthair cat, across country five times in 2013/2014.

    Amanda graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelors in political science. She was part of the luxury goods retail industry for over 20 years and is now consulting in creative design and communications. She also is an artist at heart bringing visions to form in almost any medium. Currently her art is in abstract paintings and photography.